Saturday, September 3, 2011

There's a chill on the air...



The fall is coming, and after that the winter. The wind and the wolves will have no mercy. The frost giants will awaken and the dead will rise. The weak will die in droves. Only those who listen to Marduk will stand a chance.

9 comments:

  1. Haha, winter in New York must fucking suck.

    As for Marduk, they're literally right on the cusp between good and meh for me. They seem do do everything just fine, but there's really nothing about them that makes me want to hear more. I haven't heard this one as much as the others, but I do remember preferring to to Heaven, Those, or (especially) the later work. Always loved that cover art though.

    And LOL @ the Krallice fan tag

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  2. Duuuuuude! This is one of my favorite Marduk songs from my favorite Marduk album which also happens to be one of my favorite Swedish bm albums of all time (definitely in my top 3 or so). People shit on Marduk all the time, but this album is a classic in my book.

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  3. I've always enjoyed SAMHAIN's "Novermber-Coming-Fire" during autumn. It's the logical choice! That and Sonic-Youth's "Bad Moon Rising." But now I live in the desert and their is no autumn. Sad.

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  4. @B and Supreme: I can see why Marduk might not be everyone's cup of tea, and to be honest they aren't a band I've listened to a ton over the years, but lately I've gotten really into them. Their material is definitely hit-or-miss, and most of their albums don't have a really distinctive style to them, but they've also written some really cool melodies and have waaay more of a true black metal attitude than most bands around today. Its important to remember that Marduk aren't "generic blasting black metal," they're the band that INSPIRED that sound.

    I rep them a lot in part because, as Supreme rightly points out, everyone seems to shit on them! In fact, ripping on bands like Marduk as "juvenile" and "one dimensional" has been pretty important to how the hipster BM bands have been positioning themselves. I guess I just like hearing a dude screaming over sick riffs and badass blastbeats.

    Opus Nocturne is definitely my favorite "classic" Marduk album, but I may like Panzer Division even better. That album fucking owns. Armor-plated blast assault. The TIMING of the riffs is so killer. It's an inimitable album.

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  5. @Ido: Both great choices. Three weeks ago I saw Sonic Youth play by the east river as the sun set, and they played mostly songs from Bad Moon Rising, as well as their other really noisy midtempo stuff. Death Valley 69 live was amazing. By the end of the set Thurston Moore was screeching his ass off and falling on the stage--never seen that! Came off as a kind of really cool tribute to the noise/hardcore bands he influenced.

    My fall soundtrack leans heavily on old AFI, especially the All Hallows EP, but there will also be Sorhin and Gravenhurst and Gorgoroth and Murder City Devils, and of course plenty of goth/deathrock. Especially And Also The Trees. Tied with Christian Death for second favorite goth band after Joy Division.

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  6. Eh, I won't call Marduk "one-dimensional" because that would be lame and dumb, but I WILL say that there was never anything about them that grabbed me, that made them rise above. They were always just a band that had some moderately cool riffs over blasting, and there's nothing inherently wrong with that, but when all you are is moderately cool riffs over blasting that loses its zeal after a while.

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  7. @Disciple: Like I said, I totally get why some people just aren't that into Marduk. But I will say that "Opus Nocturne" is a lot more than just riffs and blasting...some really cool melodic hooks, midtempo parts, interesting shit going on. Much closer to traditional 2nd wave done very well.

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  8. What of "Those of the Unlight"? Fucking classic Black Metal record. Fuck Funeral mist and the likes, THIS is Swedish BM done right.

    "Dark Endless" is also an essential work of Black/Death, and "Fuck me Jesus" reaches peaks in early metal extremity.

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  9. @Anon Marduk fan: I was initially really impressed by Dark Endless, but it actually didn't do it for me in the end. Haven't listened to much off "Those...," though I remember digging how weird and meandering the riffs were. It's only recently that I've started really exploring Marduk, so there's some other stuff I gotta hear.

    Totally agree with "fuck Funeral Mist." Most of the "orthodox" scene is way overrated. But I wouldn't say that Marduk is my favorite of the Swedish bands. I'm more into the black/death scene. Dissection, Sorhin, Sacramentum, Necrophobic, Dawn, etc...

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